The CarpalGard offers support and comfort while delivering semi-rigid or rigid support.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms: Numbness, tingling, or pain in the hand;
generally involving the thumb, index, and middle finger. May radiate
up the arm to the shoulder. Waking at night with the hand asleep,
or 'shaking out' the hand is common. Dropping of objects and weakness
in advanced cases.
The most common cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
is inflammation of the tendons in the tunnel which can normally
be attributed to repetitive use of the hand and/or wrist. A number
of sports can bring on repetitive stress injuries: Rowing, golf,
tennis, downhill skiing, archery, competitive shooting and rock
climbing are just a sampling of activities that stress the hand
and wrist joints. Injuries and ailments that cause swelling or compression
of soft tissue on nerves, such as sprains, leukemia, and rheumatoid
arthritis, can lead to stress injuries.
Diabetes, thyroid problems, and other systemic
disorders are also associated with discomfort from stressed nerves,
as is the fluid accumulation that sometimes accompanies pregnancy.
Treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome should begin as early as possible. Underlying causes such as diabetes or arthritis should be treated first. Initial treatment generally involves resting the affected hand and wrist for at least 2 weeks, avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms, and immobilizing the wrist using a CarpalGard to avoid further damage from twisting or bending. If there is inflammation, applying cool packs can help reduce swelling.